MSIT Program Description

The Master of Science Information Technology (MSIT) degree program provides a holistic perspective to the field of Information Technology to ensure that students develop knowledge about a vast array of technology that drives 21st-century business. The curriculum provides an amalgam of technical and management knowledge required to properly implement and manage strategies in IT security to protect technology assets, infrastructure, and data analytics. Current Information Technologist will enhance their technical acumen and learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret business intelligence relevant to their respective fields.

Program Objective

Program outcomes to be acquired by students.

  • Create strategic plans that implement information technology requirements and specifications of complex technology systems.
  • Evaluate computer systems and improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness by incorporating value computing methodologies.
  • Analyze, design, develop, and maintain information technology infrastructure to allow for the implementation of strategic initiatives that incorporate emerging technologies
  • Analyze and construct database management systems to meet the needs of business and technology decision makers.
  • Compare and contrast various methodologies of computer systems design for the purpose of creating efficacy in computer-related business functions.
  • Create and develop the ability to conduct in-depth research, independently or within the enterprise in a broad range of information technology.
  • Create, innovate, design, and improve technical aspects of data collection and analysis to sustain competitive advantage.

MSIT Core Course Requirements (36 credit hours)

  • MSIT 600 Advanced Information Technology
  • MSIT 601 Principles of Data Management
  • MSIT 602 Modern Operating Systems
  • MSIT 603 Computer Systems Architecture
  • MSIT 605 Systems Analysis Design
  • MSIT 606 Management of Information Security
  • MSIT 607 Advanced Database Design & Management
  • MSIT 608 Information Technology Project Management
  • MSIT 611 Wireless & Mobile Systems
  • MSIT 624 Telecommunications & Networking
  • MSIT 690 Big Data Analytics
  • MSIT 693 Applied Information Technology Capstone Project

Total 36 credit hours

Textbooks/Learning Resources

Faroughi, N. (2015). Digital logic design and computer organization with computer architecture for security. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

FitzGerald, J., Dennis, A., & Durcikova, A. (2014). Business data communications and networking (12th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Gordon, K. (2013). Principles of data management: Facilitating information sharing (2nd ed.). Swindon, England: BCS Learning & Development Limited.

Marchewka, J. T. (2015). Information technology project management (5th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

McHoes, A., & Flynn, I. M. (2014). Understanding operating systems (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Pries, K. H. & Dunnigan, R. (2015). Big data analytics: A practical guide for managers. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis.

Schwalbe, K. (2016). Information Technology Project Management (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Turban, E., Volonino, L., & Wood, G. R. (2015). Information Technology for Management: Digital strategies for insight, action, and sustainable performance (10th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Umanath, N. S., & Scamell, R. W. (2015). Data modeling and database design (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Valacich, J. S. & George, J. F. (2017). Modern systems analysis and design (8th ed.). Harlow, United Kingdom: Pearson Education.

Whitman, M. E. & Mattord, H. J. (2017). Management of information security (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Stallings, W., & Beard, C. (2016). Wireless communication networks and systems. Boston, MA: Pearson.

Entrance/Admission Requirements

(Programs of four hundred fifty (450) or more clock hours or the credit hour equivalent shall administer a basic skills examination to each student who enrolls unless the student has provided evidence of a high school graduation diploma, general equivalency diploma, or its equivalent.)

The minimum academic requirements to apply to the Master of Science Information Technology Degree Program are:

  • Regular Degree Applicants – An applicant with a Bachelor degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution can apply for entrance into Westcliff University. Undergraduate degrees obtained outside of the United States will only be accepted if they have been evaluated by a member in good standing of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or another nationally recognized credentialing service. In this case, the listed U.S. degree equivalency will be used.
  • Transfer Applicants – Applicants who have earned credit hours from a graduate program in a related field from a regionally or nationally accredited institution may transfer up to six (6) semester credit hours to Westcliff University College of Business subject to evaluation of grades and courses.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 8, 2019
This course is Online & Campus Combined
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